Focused activity weeks and days and Family Learning Days
We often arrange focussed activity weeks and days and host termly Family Learning events, sometimes involving the Aylsham cluster of schools and at other times within the school itself. Special weeks and days have been on Health, The World, Science and Geography and focus days such as Road Safety, Books, Maths, History, Music and Multi-skills. Last year, like many other schools, we celebrated the Diamond Jubilee and had a great Olympic week. We organise regular visitors to school, including authors and illustrators musicians, theatre companies, dancers, road safety officers, community police officers and members of the emergency services.
In the Autumn term we all go to church for our Harvest Festival. In December we hold a Christmas Fayre, and the children take part in Nativity plays as well as our end of term Carol service or Christingle service.
In the Spring term we invite parents to our Mothers Day assembly and our Easter Fayre. This Spring Term Y1 and Y2 children went to an Easter Explorers event in the Parish Church and experienced Easter hands on.
In the Summer term everyone takes part in Maypole and country dancing. We hold our Summer Fayre at school and Sports Day takes place in the beautiful grounds of nearby West Lodge.
All parents, carers and families are invited to our special events, which are always very popular and well attended.
Although summer is the traditional season for school trips we try to organise as many educational visits at other times of the year as possible, linked to specific areas of the curriculum. Recent visits have been to the Sealife Centre in Great Yarmouth , Strangers Hall, Cromer Museum and to our new Link-Farm, – the Stody Estate. The children also visit the local parish church and the library. We have also incorporated visiting local shops and facilities in the town to enhance specific areas of the children’s learning. In February the Year 1 and 2 pupils went to the Jubilee Woods near Hainford so each child could plant a tree. Later in February Willow and Beech class went to the Fire Station in North Earlham to continue their work on the Great Fire of London and vehicles.
Children’s involvement opportunities
We have a School Council, Eco-Warriors, and a Healthy Team, which consist of child representatives, teacher, teaching assistant, cook and sometimes parent and governor representatives. These groups meet during the school day and feedback their findings/decisions to the whole school.